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thin

Not thickly or closely; in a seattered state; as, seed sown thin. Spain is thin sown of people. (bacon)

1. Having little thickness or extent from one surface to its opposite; as, a thin plate of metal; thin paper; a thin board; a thin covering.

2. Rare; not dense or thick; applied to fluids or soft mixtures; as, thin blood; thin broth; thin air. In the day, when the air is more thin. (bacon) Satan, bowing low His gray dissimulation, disappeared, Into thin air diffused. (milton)

3. Not close; not crowded; not filling the space; not having the individuals of which the thing is composed in a close or compact state; hence, not abundant; as, the trees of a forest are thin; the corn or grass is thin. Ferrara is very large, but extremely thin of people. (Addison)

4. Not full or well grown; wanting in plumpness. Seven thin ears . . . Blasted with the east wind. (gen. Xli. 6)

5. Not stout; slim; slender; lean; gaunt; as, a person becomes thin by disease.

6. Wanting in body or volume; small; feeble; not full. Thin, hollow sounds, and lamentable screams. (Dryden)

7. Slight; small; slender; flimsy; wanting substance or depth or force; superficial; inadequate; not sufficient for a covering; as, a thin disguise. My tale is done, for my wit is but thin. (Chaucer)

Thin is used in the formation of compounds which are mostly self-explaining; as, thin-faced, thin-lipped, thin-peopled, thin-shelled, and the like. Thin section. See Section.

Origin: OE. Thinne, thenne, thunne, AS. Thynne; akin to D. Dun, G. Dunn, OHG. Dunni, Icel. Thunnr, Sw. Tunn, Dan. Tynd, Gael. & Ir. Tana, W. Teneu, L. Tenuis, Gr. (in comp) stretched out, stretched, stretched out, long, Skr. Tanu thin, slender; also to AS. Enian to extend, G. Dehnen, Icel. Enja, Goth. Anjan (in comp), L. Tendere to stretch, tenere to hold, Gr. To stretch, Skr. Tan. 51 & 237. Cf. Attenuate, Dance, Tempt, Tenable, Tend to move, Tenous, Thunder, Tone.


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